Retailers can now source wholesale produce from sausages to yogurt from local and regional farmers and growers by using a map-based website.

The National Farmers’ Union has launched a virtual marketplace, NFU SourceDirect to let food buyers locate and contact local and regional producers.

More than 50 farmers and growers have already signed up to advertise their produce and details on www.nfusourcedirect.com which has been developed in association with internet retailer BigBarn.